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Prescott Loop, AZ
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Prescott Loop, AZ 
Prescott Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2017
rayhuston
Hiking14.36 Miles 2,557 AEG
Hiking14.36 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.74 mph
2,557 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I haven't been hiking much so Kelly threw out a challenge. I accepted and we invited John along. I had three hikes in mind for this weekend (so I didn't have any excuses), but two were at the Mogollon Rim. This one didn't look bad. John and Kelly liked it too.

A serene start on the west side of Lynx Lake was followed by a nice trek through the pines on Hilltop, Homestead and Smith Ravine. If we had turned around at the top of Smith Ravine, this would have been an excellent out and back hike, about 16 miles round trip. We continued on. Spruce Mountain Road was kinda cool. We saw some relics from the mining days and some homes with really nice views. The first half mile or so on Watershed was rocky and exposed, a minor disappointment after the splendid areas we had passed through previously. It didn't last long, though; we were back in the canopy of trees soon enough. That is until starting down Seven Mile Gulch trail. Rocky, exposed and steep in parts, were it not for great company, good views, reasonable temps and a nice breeze, this trail might have been awful. We probably should have done that trail in the morning.

While the hike may not have ended as well as it started, it did not disappoint. This was an absolutely gorgeous day south of Prescott and it was great to be outside enjoying it. We enjoyed some snacks and cool refreshments back at the car before heading home. Thanks Kelly and John for a great time!
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Yellow Columbine
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Sevenmile Tank Smith Ravine Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Columbine at Smith Ravine Spring

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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Smith Ravine Spring Dripping Dripping
Small pool of very clean water.
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